We’re not even a week into the new year, and we’ve already seen plenty of high quality action motorsports hit the dirt and snow. The Monster Energy Supercross season kicked off with its traditional first of two rounds in Anaheim, while AMSOIL Championship Snocross resumed with its third of eight rounds at Canterbury Park in Minnesota.
The truth is, plenty of riders found a way to impress on both surfaces on Friday and Saturday. We’ve chosen three who made their mark this weekend in a big way—see if they line up with your favorites:
Supercross 450: Dean Wilson
For the first time in six years, Justin Barcia stood atop the Monster Energy Supercross podium after winning the 450 season opener at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. But to do it, he had to get around Wilson, who led for more than half of the 20-minute plus one lap main event. After losing his factory ride to Zach Osborne at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, Wilson lined up as a privateer in Anaheim; he took the holeshot over former teammate Jason Anderson, and hung on for fourth place at the checkered flag.
Supercross 250 West: Colt Nichols
Nichols earned his first career 250 main event win on Saturday night after leading from holeshot to finish line. When championship favorite and second heat winner Adam Cianciarulo slid off track in the first corner, it opened the door for Nichols to seize the lead and take home the win. Behind him, a fierce battle for second between Nichols’ teammate Dylan Ferrandis and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM rider Shane McElrath ended with a 1-2 finish for Star Racing Yamaha and blue sweep of the weekend.
Snocross: Adam Renheim
For the first time, Renheim stood atop an AMSOIL Championship Snocross race podium on Saturday when he won the second round of the Pirtek Snocross National. The Swede, who won the AMSOIL Dominator exhibition race that kicked off the 2018-19 season, moved up to second when Petter Narsa pulled off track, and then caught top qualifier Kody Kamm in the late stages of the main event. Renheim heads to Deadwood in three weeks’ time just 33 points out of the Pro class lead.